Foods that contain high concentrations of cholesterol include butter, shortening, beef, sausage, processed meats, egg yolks and dairy products that are made with more than 1 percent milk fat. These foods should all be limited in people who have high serum cholesterol levels.
Foods such as cookies, processed snack crackers, cakes and muffins also contain high amounts of cholesterol. Virtually any food that is high in saturated or trans fat is high in cholesterol and should be avoided if high cholesterol levels are a problem. Fast food choices such as hamburgers, ice cream, French fries and fried chicken are also high in cholesterol. If a person with high cholesterol levels changes his food and lifestyle habits, he may be able to naturally lower his cholesterol levels.
Foods that lower a person's cholesterol levels include whole grains, complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and lean meats. These foods should be consumed daily to reduce cholesterol levels and to obtain the correct amount of vitamins and nutrients every day. Other ways to lower cholesterol levels include daily exercise and medication. Cholesterol lowering medications can help people lower their cholesterol levels and reduce their risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Lower cholesterol levels allow patients to keep their cardiovascular system healthy and stay strong and healthy for many years.